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Novel way to devour books


Visitors checking out the library’s digital features with their mobile devices at the bakery and pastry cafe in Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penang.

Visitors checking out the library’s digital features with their mobile devices at the bakery and pastry cafe in Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penang.

PENANG Digital Library, believed to be the first in the country, has opened its doors to the public.

Equipped with the latest tech-nology, the library is located on a 4,000sq ft built-up learning space at Penang Free School in Jalan Masjid Negeri.

It will provide users with structured access to information and knowledge via over 3,000 specially curated e-books, e-magazines and reference journals.

“The Penang Digital Library will encompass important and current works in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Keysight Technologies Malaysia and Singapore president Datuk Gooi Soon Chai.

He said this in his speech at the opening of the library on Saturday.

The company, which was instrumental in setting up the library, contributed RM350,000 in equipment and software as well as specialised training for the staff.

Visitors accessing the library’s content after the opening ceremony.
Visitors accessing the library’s content after the opening ceremony.

“It would also house writings and research of world thinkers, innovators and visionaries,” added Gooi.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state contributed RM1.5mil towards the library while the E&O Group spent RM1mil to refurbish the building.

Telco company TIME dotCom Bhd has spent RM100,000 to equip the facility with 100mbps high-speed broadband.

The library has an amphitheatre which is open for rental to groups for a nominal fee as well as a bakery and pastry cafe.

It is open throughout the year from 10am to 10pm.

Membership is free until end of the year while the nominal fee for next year will be determined later.

   

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